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Bahrain Grand Prix talks continue

Sakhir circuitBahrain Grand Prix officials remain in talks with Formula 1 chiefs about a possible rescheduling of their race this year, AUTOSPORT has learned, despite the passing of a May 1 deadline relating to the future of the event.

Motor racing's governing body, the FIA, had given Bahrain GP organisers until last Sunday to notify it about whether or not the race could take place this year.

The Bahrainis issued a statement on Saturday indicating that they were keen for the race to return in the future - although not specifying a firm date.

Bahrain International Circuit Chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani, said: "Clearly our national priority is to find a resolution to the difficulties that the kingdom of Bahrain has experienced. The national situation has moved on in a positive manner, the situation is evolving all the time; our day-to-day life is gradually improving under the current State of National Safety.

"Bahrain's Grand Prix is a time of celebration and hosting the race is a source of great pride for Bahrain and Bahrainis. It is a showcase to the world and we look forward to welcoming the teams and drivers and everyone involved in Formula 1 back to Bahrain in the very near future."

That statement did suggest that Bahrain had not ruled out the race being rescheduled - which would tally in with the fact that discussions are ongoing between the FIA, F1's commercial right-holder Bernie Ecclestone and race organisers about the situation.

AUTOSPORT understands that no firm timeframe has been set for a decision to be made by the FIA about the Bahrain GP, with the May 1 deadine having been imposed purely for the Bahrainis to notify F1 chiefs about what they felt was possible.

However, sources suggest that a decision about the Bahrain GP could be made before this weekend's race in Turkey.

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